Chartered Director - the professional qualification for directors



This unique annual award has been established for Chartered Directors who are nominated by others for outstanding achievements in the field of corporate governance and organisational direction. The individuals who are nominated will be recognised as Directors who uphold the Institute’s standards for Chartered Director and have applied best practice principles of ethical leadership and governance within their organisations. This could encompass leading or guiding their board and driving improvements - creating a positive and lasting benefit. The individual may be an entrepreneur, have contributed to significant developments within their business community or supported others in achieving excellence in corporate behaviour and responsibility. In essence, they will represent what the Chartered Director brand and values stand for.

The award is named in honour of our previous IoD Board Chairman, Dr Neville Bain, who championed best practice in the boardroom and who worked tirelessly to raise the profile of Chartered Director and the values it embodies.

The Chartered Director Committee will oversee the judging of the award and the overall presentation to the winner and the highly commended candidates will be made at the IoD’s prestigious Director of the Year Awards ceremony on 24 October, 2014.

Full details can be found here and an application form is available here. Please note that self nominations will not be accepted.

Chartered Directors lead organisations in the private, public or third sectors, at the highest strategic level. As a Chartered Director you will demonstrate the expertise and integrity needed to meet the challenges of business today. If you are looking to enhance your skills and improve your organisation's performance, Chartered Director is the professional qualification you need.

Benefits to you and your organisation

Chartered Directors have a dramatic and positive effect on the success of their organisations and are able to:

  • Demonstrate to shareholders, stakeholders, clients and customers that their organisation is professional and successful.
  • Operate at a strategic and tactical level to establish and sustain growth.
  • Appreciate all aspects of effective business leadership and sound corporate governance.
  • Improve the board's effectiveness and their personal contribution.
  • Enhance their career prospects as an executive director or non-executive director.


Chartered Director Events

Annual Chartered Directors’ Seminar

Once again, thank you to all Chartered Directors who contributed to the Seminar on 9 December.

Some of the feedback from each of the three workshops can be found here.

Our Chartered Directors

A list of current Chartered Directors, which is updated twice a year. 

Honorary Chartered Directors 

The title of Honorary Chartered Director has been awarded to the distinguished individuals, who have supported Chartered Director vigorously.

Our Chartered Ambassadors

Our Chartered Directors in the Regions, who have dedicated time to actively supporting the qualification and those who hold it.

Case studies

These case studies were written by Chartered Directors and describe their experience in qualifying and the impact of holding the designation C Dir.


Commendations and endorsements from organisations and companies.